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A NEW WORKHOUSE? StTE AT LLANFOIST RETAINED. The fortnightly meeting of the Abergavenny Board of Guardians was held on Friday, Col. W. Williams presiding. There were also present Mr. H. J. Gwillim (vice-chairman), Revs. H. Morice Jones and D. F.Walters, Messrs. John Prichard, John Baynam, John Jenkins, Alfred Edwards, W. Biggs, L. R. Pym. Jas. Harrison, Chas. Thomas, Robt. Johnson, E. W. Lewis, D. Watkins N. Pullin, Robert Workman, Joseph Grimths, Joseph HoweIIs, Wm. Jones, Wm. Morris, and S. R. Thorne.. Beer for Inmates. The Master reported that during the fortnight 13 were admitted and six discharged, and there were at present in the house 65 men, 32 women and 21 children, a total of 118, compared with 97 for the corresponding period of last year, an increase of 21. The number of casuals relieved during the fortnight was 66, compared with 32, an increase of 34. A barrel -of beer had been received from Westlake's Brewery for the inmates. ""?was decided to thank Messrs. Westlake for for their gift. ChitdrenToGoTOfontypoo). A letter was read from the Ministry of Healtn with regard to the provision of accommodatioh for children, and the Clerk explained that the Pontypool Guardians had offered to take the children in the Guardians' care at the actual cost of maintenance, plus a charge for the rent of the Cottage Homes. The Pontypool Board, however, were faced by the possibility of the house being taken over by the County Mental Denciencv Committee, and until their meeting on the 23rd they could not give any definite reply as to that contingency. It was decided to accept the offer of the Pontypool Board. Protest Against Price of mott. A resolution was read from the Swansea Union protesting against the price of milk, which they considered extortionate, and stating that a copy of the resolution was to be sent to the authorities concerned. Mr. Morris proposed that they support the resolution. 'Mr. Jones, in seconding, said that there was no doubt that the price of milk was extortionate. Mr. Joseph Grimths said that the question of the price of milk had not been settled yet, though it had been thrashed out for 12 months. The resolution was carried by 10 votes to 6. Monmouthshire and Wetsh Home Rule. A resolution was read from the Panteg Urban Council with regard to the proposed scheme of devolution, stating that in the opinion of the Council Monmouthshire should only consent to be joined to Wales on condition that the area did not suffer hnaiicially by its separation from England, and also expressing the opinion that the location of the Welsh Parliament should be Cardiff The Vice-Chairman said that it appeared that Monmouthshire could not lose. Mr. Harrison asked how they could find out what the financial position would be before they decided on this matter ? He did not see how they were to arrive at the financial position until it was put in motion. They had better decide the matter on broad, national lines. The Clerk said that a committee had been appointed to go into the financial question. Mr. Morris ssid that he thought it was high time they should move in the direction of devo- lution. He had every reason to believe that the cost would be less, as combination would mean lesser cost of working. If Pontypool, Aberga- venny and Crickhowell unions joined together, he believed it would be cheaper and so it would be with Wales. The Rev. D. F. Walters moved that the letter lie on the taMe. Mr. Watkins said he would second that, until they knew where they were. The resolution was carried by 14 votes to + New Workhouse and The Uanfoist Site. I The next item on the agenda was to consider a pru¡ios:¡l to sell the land at Llanfoist, purchased a lew v" ears ago for the purpose of a new Work- house, to the Abergavenny Rural Council for housiii, purposes. The Cork -,ii(I that the land was let at present for market gardening at a rental of/i2 per year. M? D. Watldns proposed that they retam the land until they saw where they were. Mr. Pullin seconded. Mr. Jones asked how this matter came on the agenda, The Clerk said that Mr. Johnson li,d iiitiniate(I that the land was suggested as a site for the housing scheme at Llanfoist, and the Rural Housing Committee would like to know if the Guardians were prepared to sell it. Mr. Pullin said he thought they should keep it. It cost the Guardians a lot of money, and he did not think it was right that they should dispose of it at present. Mr. Johnson said that they fixed on sites which thev thought were suitable, but he did not know that anv one of them would be sanctioned. Thev thought that this land at Llanfoist would be averv suitable site, and it would take a thorn out of the nesh of the Guardians. Mr Jones moved that the matter be deferred, because if the Board continued its existence as hitherto somethin g must be done in the direction of a new Workhouse but if Boards of Guardians were it would be for some other authority to make arrangements to meet the conditions. Mr. Johnson Does anyone think that if there is a new Workhouse built it will be built on that site ? The Vice-Chairman The Board in their wisdom thought it was a suitable site, and there is no resolution to reverse that decision. A Costty Business. Mr Harrison said that he had heard a good deal of talk about this site, and those who were in the know as regarded the cost of it did not think that a new Workhouse would ever be built there. He was told only a short time ago that the sewerage system would be a very costly business, and then the cost of upkeep would be tremendously heavy because of the distance which everything would have to be hauled. The idea was to build a workhouse close to the North- Western branch line and get a siding, and the maintenance would be less costly. It was not only the cost of building a workhouse, but the upkeep afterwards. They might spend a few thousands more in another place, and it would pay them to do it. He fancied that there was a general dislike of the present site. Mr. Jones .Would not that be an indictment of the whole Board ? Mr. D. Watkins said that they were led to believe that this was the only site. He believed that they looked over every possible site before they decided on this. Mr. Thorne proposed that they proceed to the next business. Mr. Howells said that Mr. Harrison was going back 20 years. When they selected this site there was no other siteto be had. Mr. Alfred Edwards proposed that they write to the Ministry of Health and ask for permission to sell this piece of land. He thought they tvould make a profit on it if they were to sell it now. The land was bought very reasonably, and he thought it was a good opportunity to get out of this obstacle. He did not believe that I any man in that room would sanction building a workhouse on that site, owing to the cost of upkeep. The Rev. Morice Jones seconded. Speaking personally, as one who had a little knowledge of the place, he felt that he was echoing the senti- ments of all the parishioners when he said that they would prefer to see houses built on that site rather than a workhouse, and if it were possible to get another site he thought it would be better to do so, because he thought this was a most unsuitable site for a union, and it would involve them in a huge expense. He thought that Llan- foist was becoming a dumping ground for all these things. (Laughter). Mr. Morris seconded the resolution that the matter be deferred for six months. If they sold this land and they had to seek other land to build a workhouse on they would find that the price would be put up prohibitively, but if they held this land they might bargain with the Llanfoist people for another piece of land. The Chairman said that it was a very serious question. The old age pension was being in- creased, and he did not hesitate to say that they would have fewer people coming to the house. He did not see why they should not get the Government to let them keep on the present house. They had plenty of accommodation. Would not it be wise to send a petition to the Government and ask if they would reconsider their plans for a new Workhouse ? Mr. Thorne moved that the question be put. For the amendment that permission be asked to sell the land 10 voted, and there were 11 against. The amendment was therefore lost. I A Joint Telephone. Mr. Johnson said that the Rural Council had decided to instal a telephone in their Surveyor's office. They thought that it would be a very good thing for their Clerk to have the use of it, and as it would be an acquisition to the Board probably they would be prepared to pay some- thing towards the cost. Mr. Harrison Oh to be sure. (laughter). Mr. Johnson Naturally they would not expect it for nothing. The suggestion was made that the £3 which the Guardians surcharged the Rural Council for the omce should be paid for the use of the telephone. (Laughter). Mr. Watkins said that if that was all they would have to pay, he moved that it be accepted. The Rev. D. F. Walters seconded. The Chairman What acquisition would it be to the Guardians ? Mr. Workman Would not it be better for the Guardians to instal it, seeing that these buildings are their property, and charge the Rural Council for the use of it ? Mr. Thorne If we think it is necessary we should put it there and charge them. The Vice-Chairman proposed that the tele- phone be installed jointly, and that each body pay half the cost, and that a receiver be put in each omce. This was carried. —— — A———— l Death of Major-Generat R. L. H. Curteis. I The death has occurred of Major-General R. L. H. Curteis, GIanyrafon, CrickhoweII, at the age of 77 years. Deceased, who had seen a deal of service in India, was at one time A.D.C. to the Duke of Connaught in Ireland, and was presented with a sword by H.R.H. He was a celebrated hunter of big game, and was credited with having shot two lions, right and left, with two barrels. Hunting trophies adorned his rooms, and Mr. F. C. Selous pays tribute to his prowess in the Badminton Magazine." Until recently he was an active sportsman. Major-General Curteis was generally esteemed in the district. He took no part in public anairs, but was keenly interested in farming his estate. He was a staunch Conservative and Churchman and very fond of the locality. He was a Justice of the Peace for the County. The funeral-of a semi-private nature-took place on Saturday, at noon, at St. Edmund's Church, the Rector, the Rev. H. P. Somerset, M.A., officiating. The bearers were employees on local estates. In the church were a large number of people. The mourners were Mrs. Curteis (widow), Col. M Swan (brother-in-law), and Mrs. Trimnell (sister-in-law), and among personal friends present were Lord and Lady Glanusk, Lady Tulloch, Mr. A. Beckwith, Mr. E. Pirie Gordon, Mr. C. W. Hughes, Major the Hon. W. Bailey, Dr. J. S. Townlev, Major-General A. Solly-Flood, D.S.O. Some beautiful floral tributes were sent, including one from Lord and Lady Glanusk bearing the inscription A last tribute to a dear old friend."
ASSOC!AT!ON FOOTBALL I ABERGAVENNY PARK RANGERS v. BLAINA CWMCELYN. In the nrst round of the Woodcock Cup the Abergavenny Park Rangers met Blaina Cwm- celvn in Bailey Park on Saturday. The Rangers, starting with only eight men, opened the scoring in the first few minutes through Matt Williams, who was playing centre. Blaina quickly drew level through T. J. Davies. Play was very fast, and following good work on the left Jenkins. put Abergavenny one ahead. Blaina pressed for some time, and after a rush to the other end W. Didcot kicked over the bar. The exchanges continued fairly even, the defence on both sides being equal to the de- mands made upon them. Miles, the home goalie, cleared a long shot, and at the other end the home forwards missed a good chance to break through. Smart clearances by Winstoiie and a throw-out by Miles alone saved the Aber- gavenny goal a few minutes later. Abergavenny were awarded a free kick close up, and Rowley missed a good chance by putting the ball behind. Miles was tested again, following a corner, but managed to throw out from a crowd. Half- time Abergavenny, 2 goals Blaina, I goal. Play opened fast on the resumption, and a corner to Blaina did not materialise. The visit- ing forwards dribbled well, but could not pierce the defence. Tranter, at back, cleared well and was ably supported by Winstone. The Rangers attacked again and Jenkins was robbed when nicely placed. Blaina returned to the attack and a dangerous shot from the centre was well cleared by Miles. The Blaina custodian gave away a corner in clearing a good shot from Jen- kins. Abergavenny kept up the pressure and made a determined attempt to score, several shots being sent in, but the Blaina defence held good throughout. Miles was tested again just before the finish. but kept his goal intact. Final Abergavenny, 2 goals; Blaina, i. t NOTES. All three goals were scored in the first few minutes, after which the defence held the upper hand. After the initial success the Abergavenny forwards were disappointing. It was the same old trouble of lack of cohesion, and with an ordinary amount of combination they should have scored more goals. Jenkins did some good work on the right wing and sent in some excellent centres, but was not backed up sumciently. Both backs were sound, and the halves, of whom Percy Fraser was the pick, generally gave a good account of themselves. The Blaina backs put up a stalwart defence and individually their forwards were more prominent than the Aber- gavenny nve. A number of dangerous shots were sent in, and but for the fine display of Miles in goal the result would have been diSerent.
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I BOROUGH T THEATRE. I I CHRtSTMAS ATTRACTIONS. I The Hero Hathaway and Vivian A. Baron Repertoire Company is a very fine and talented one and the well-known pieces which they play are all beautifully staged and admirably pre- sented. No less than 8 tons of scenery are carried, and it will therefore be seen that every- thing is done to give the full stage effect to each production. The presentation on Monday and Tuesday respectively of Moths and The Lion and the Mouse were well worthy of the high reputation which the company has attained in theatrical circles. Wednesday's attraction is Camille," in which Mme. Sarah Bernhardt gained such a great success. On Friday (Boxing Day) there will be a matinee performance of Lady Huntworth's Experiment," the farcical comedy from the Criterion Theatre, London and on Friday and Saturday, with two per- formances on the latter day, there will be staged the great attraction The Chinese Puzzle," direct from the New Theatre, London. I "THE QUAKER GiRL." I No recommendation, will be needed by local people to see one of the performances of the famous musical comedy, The Quaker Girl," at the Borough Theatre on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of next week (Jan. 1st, 2nd and 3rd). It will be presented by J. H. Shaw & Co.'s very strong company, under the direction of Mr. Vyvian Thomas, who will be well remembered by local theatre goers. There is a cast of over 30, all well selected for their various parts, to- gether with full chorus and orchestra. Sparkling comedy, tuneful music, pretty dresses and scenic effects al! combine to make a delightful evening's entertainment. As this is an ex- pensive attraction, it is to be hoped that it will be adequately supported.
I Christmas Poultry Market. I I POOREST SUPPLY ON RECORD. I The supply at the Abergavènny Christmas poultry market on Tuesday was the poorest on record. In former years the tables have been well nlled at a very early hour, but when the market opened at 6 a.m. there were no poultry to be seen. Mr. D. Ruther, who has known the local market for 53 years, says he has never seen such a poor supply. The reason for the un- usually short supply was no doubt that dealers are, to a greater extent than ever, purchasing their supplies direct from the farms instead of at the markets. At 7 o'clock when Mr. S. J. Ruther attended to do the judging there were practically no turkeys or geese on oner/and therefore no prizes were awarded. The first prize for ducks and fowls was awarded to Mrs. Evans, The Court, Llanvetherine, who had a fine display of 27 ducks and 41 fowls. Naturally the demand greatly exceeded the supply, and though officially no evidence of the fact was ob- tained, it was stated that the controlled prices were exceeded in some cases. Turkeys, it was alleged, were being sold at gs. 6d. per !b. ———— 4.————
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I THE TANK. I I RECOGNtTtON OF LOCAL WAR EFFORTS. I THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY. I Into Bailey Park on Saturday afternoon there waddled a war-worn veteran to occupy a peace- ful resting place after the arduous and trying experiences in the battle zone. What terror this virago of war put into the hearts of the Germans when she first made her appearance on the Western front can be imagined. Bereft of her capacity to spit fire, she caused no con- sternation at Abergavenrly, but rather curiosity and proud admiration, for she represented in a tangible manner Abergavenny's very creditable efforts in contributing to the sinews of war, and it was in recognition of those efforts that she was presented by the Army Council, as a permanent memento. It was through the efforts of the local War Savings Committee, now the National Savings Committee, that Abergavenny was thus honoured, and it was therefore fitting that the presentation should be made to this body through its chairman, Mr. J. B. Walford, before it actually came into the possession of the Cor- poration, as representing the town. A suitable site had been prepared near the Hereford-road entrance gates for the reception of this substantial and weighty female, the foundation being made of concrete reinforced with steel bars. The Tank was brought up from the G.W.R. Station in the morning, and prior to the ceremony the crowd which had assembled were entertained with selections by the Borough Silver Band. About 2.30 the Tank was man- oeuvred into position and climbed up the concrete bank which had been sloped to give her the realistic appearance of "going over the top." Members of the Committee and the Town Council ascended to the top of the Tank, from which the proceedings were conducted. Alderman Z. Wheatley, J.P., ex-Mayor, omciated as M.C. Alderman Wheatley expressed thanks to the local War Savings Committee for the work they had done during their existence, and he hoped that they would render his successor in omce the same amount of enthusiastic support as they had rendered him during his Mayoralty. Tank's Fightmg Record. I Lieut. McNabb, omcer in charge of the Tank, in presenting it to Mr. J. B. Walford, on behalf of the local Committee for National Savings, said that it had been presented to the town because Abergavenny had done so exceptionally well in helping to finance the Government during the war-far better than most other towns, or it would not have had the Tank. There were about 200 Tanks distributed among the towns which had done exceedingly well. This type of Tank was rather an old pattern one. It was first en- gaged in the Battle of Arras in 1917, and after- wards at Messines, Passchendaele, Cambrai, and served through the later fighting right up to the end of the war. This type was used more than any other. In going round distributing Tanks, he met a small section-they were only a small section—who did not want a Tank. He had spoken to many of them and they said they did not want a monument of the destruction of life. The Tank was thought of in the beginning as a life saver. Time and again the Germans deci- mated and annihilated our battalions, and the Tank was invented to weed out their machine- guns and save our own troops. It also repre- sented the magnificent British brain in over- coming obstacles during the war. Their colours were brown, red and green-brown for mud, red for Mood, and green for the green nelds of peace. They had seen the mud and the blood, and he was there to put the Tank down among the green fields of peace. (Applause). Mr. J. B. Walford thanked Ueut. McNabb for the Government Department which had allotted this Tank to Abergavenny. He was told' that this Tank was what was called a Mark 4, and it was also of the female persuasion. It was called a female tank for certain technical reasons, the principal being that it carried a smaller type of armament than a male tank. It was an ugly female, and he should think a confoundedly vicious one during the war. He hoped it would remain in its present position, marked by time's ravages, and that it would rust and its rust change to dust before they ever again saw any signs of such a world-wide war as we had just gone through. (Applause). The Tank was not only emblematic of, he hoped, a long peace, but also emblematic of the special efforts made by Abergavenny and district to provide the sinews of war which enabled victory to be obtained. It was now his pleasant task to get rid of that ugly female and pass it on to the town. He had hoped that his life-long friend, Lt.-CoI. J. B. Bishop, their worthy Mayor, would have been present to receive it on behalf of the town, but, unfortunately, he was not well enough to come out. A more appropriate person to receive it than their present Mayor he could not conceive. His father was the first Mayor of the borough under the new Charter. The Mayor was also the commanding officer of whatever citizen force they might possess in the future. Those were qualincations which would have made him the most appropriate person to receive it. He had much pleasure in presenting the Tank to the Deputy-Mayor on behalf of the town. Savings Committee's Great Work. I Councillor W. Rosser, hon. general secretary of the Local Committee of National Savings, gave a resume of the work of the Committee which was set up in 1917. They were the last committee to be called into being, but their record was second to none in South Wales. Their first movement was to get everyone, rich and poor, to contribute what they could to the National Exchequer. In a very short time they had no less than 32 Associations at work, from Grosmont to Llanvair and from Govilon to Uantilio Crossenny. Though the war had been over for 12 months, all these Associations were still hard at work. He hoped the Tank would remind them that their work was not completed, and that facilities would always be extended for investment. They received three S.O.S. mes- sages from the Government. He referred to the three special efforts they were called upon to undertake. The first was when they were asked to get £22,500, and instead of that ngure they sent four times the amount. They re- peated the performance on the second and third occasions, and that was the reason why they, as a small town of under 10,000 inhabitants, had that unique honour extended to them. There were few towns of their size which had been honoured by the presentation of a Tank from the National Committee. The Deputy-Mayor (Councillor F. J. Mans- field) said that they were all delighted at the magnificent result of the local effort. He be- lieved they had raised a sum of a bout £400,000. One reason they were able to do such great things was that they had the right men at the head of the work, who were filled with a deter- mination and enthusiasm to bring about a successful issue of their enbrts. They had reached a cessation of hostilities, but he was glad to see that the Committee was continuing its excellent work under another name. On behalf of the borough he was delighted to accept the Tank, and he hoped it would remain there to remind the inhabitants not only of the heroism of their young men, but also of the readiness and willingness of the borough to help the nation in its time of need. Councillor Graham moved a vote of thanks to the Committee for National Savings, and also the Army Council, and asked Lt. McNabb to convey the expression of their hearty thanks to those two bodies. Mr. Alfred Williams, secretary of the special efforts, seconded, and Councillor Jacob sup- ported the vote, which was heartily carried. L,t. McNabb responded and said he had been engaged in similar work in many other towns, but he had never met with such hospitality as he had at Abergavenny. Inspection of the Tank was afterwards per- mitted on payment of a small charge, the pro- ceeds being given to the Cottage Hospital. ———— A ————
BIRTHS, MARRIAGES, and DEATHS. MARRIAGE. MESSAM—SMITH.—On December 2oth, 1919, at Zoar Baptist Church, Pandy, by the Rev. Isaac Griffiths, Abraham Herbert Messam, second son of Mr. and Mrs. John Messam, Swanscombe, Kent, to Lillian, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Smith, Lower House Farm, PantygeUy, Nr. Abergavenny. IN MEMORIAM. In Loving Memory of Edwin Pugh, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Pugh, Maesmawr, who died of wounds December 29th, 191.5. Peace, .Perfect Peace."
I SUGAR LOAF MUSINGS. I. By GOBANNIUM. Probably the Town Council little thought what a peck of trouble they were piling up for themselves when they granted the use of the Market Hall to the Comrades of the Great War for their recent boxing tournament. It is true that they could not very well refuse, but by consenting they naturally implied that in their opinion there is nothing wrong in the holding of a boxing tournament. If they thought that boxing is as bad as some people try to make out, it was their duty to refuse the application. Under these circumstances many people will perhaps wonder how they reconcile this sanction with the refusal of a similar application last Friday night. The one was in aid of the Com- rades' Club, and the other was to be in aid of that very deserving institution St. Dunstan's, and, moreover, the second application was made by the very people who arranged the first tournament. I am not at all concerned that the Town Council turned down the application on Friday night, but I am concerned at the manner in which the Council dealt with it. It was not in accordance with those principles of fairplay which is usually associated with all classes of sport. The Council allowed four delegates to speak in opposition to the application, at any length they liked. Obviously one would expect a similar hearing to be given to those who put forward the application. Instead, the Council imposed conditions to the granting of any such application and never gave the applicants a chance to comply with those conditions. When the writer of the application got up to explain the position, he was shouted down. It was equivalent to condemning a prisoner on the evidence of the prosecution without calling on the defence. If that is common fairness, then our dictionaries are sadly in need of revision. However strong the opinions which members of the Council may hold, it is their duty to scrupu- lously give the same consideration to the point of view of all sections of the community, what- ever decision they may come to afterwards, It does not cost anything to be fair. f Our sporting reporter tells me that he is deeply grieved to learn that the Rev. J. P. Millward considers his report of the last boxing tournament not good enough. He says .he did his best, and in extenuation pleads that it is dimcult to report a boxing contest in tea-party phraseology. However, he has taken note of the rev. gentleman's objections to such phrases as "lightning left," "right swing," "upper- cut," and knock-out," and will try to avoid such pitfalls in the future. For instance, he will endeavour to see that in reporting a football match he does not say Jones sent in a lightning shot to goal," or Brown swung the ball across from the right," or Smith was knocked out at this juncture and the game was suspended." Indeed, he is so keen on banning these objection- able words that he has told his wife, in ordering the meat from the butcher's, not to ask for an undercut or an uppercut, but to just say she wants a little bit on the top. Though the boxing match is banned, St. Dunstan's is to receive assistance from sport at Abergavenny. A hockey match between the Abergavenny team and the Old Crocks has been arranged for Boxing Day, and I believe the Park Rangers are arranging an Association football match for the same object. Many Abergavenny people have just been receiving their Christmas-box from the Council. This takes the form of the half-yearly demand for rates. Whether or not these touching little documents are sent out at this particular juncture as a hint to ratepayers not to waste their substance on the Christmas festivities, I don't know, but at any rate they are calculated to spoil one's appetite for the Christmas fare. Fortunately, or unfortunately, they won't spoil most people's appetite for the turkey, simply because they can't get even the smell of one. The rates, by the way, are still on the upward bound. The Poor Rate was 3$. gd. last half- year, and is now 4S. 4d., and the increased ex- penditure of the County Council is mainly re- sponsible. The Rural District Council and the Guardians are to have a joint telephone, with a receiver in the Surveyor's omce and the omce of the Guar- dians. It was as well that the Guardians de- cided to join the Rural Council in thus improving their means of communication, for here is the omce of the Registrar of Marriages. If a bride- groom does not turn up at the critical moment, he can perhaps be rung up, and if he has changed his mind and does not intend to put in an appearance he can reply Ring off Farmers all over complain of the dangerous state of the roads for vehicular traffic on account of their being tar-sprayed, and it is a common occurrence for their horses to go down. û1¥ of the judges at the agricultural exhibition and prize distribution on Friday remarked on the fact stated by another speaker that Monmouth- shire holds the honours in horse shoeing, and suggested that it was up to her blacksmiths to produce a shoe which would enable the horses to stand on the roads. He said, rightly, that tar- spraying has come to stay, because of its saving in the cost of maintenance, and it will be for people who use the roads to adapt themselves to the conditions. Farmers, probably, do not pay as much attention as they might to the shoes of their horses. At any rate their horses seem to go down on their knees more than the horses of other people.
GRAIG POLtCE COURT. I Saturday-Before Col. J. A. Bradney, C.B. (chairman) and Mr. W. H. S. Whitney. STEALING SNARES.— Joseph Werrett, labourer, Llantilio Crossenny, was charged with stealing six snares, the properly of William James Cross, farmer, Llantilio Crossenny, at Llantilio, on Nov. 17. Prosecutor said that he was the occupier of LIyvos Farm, Llantilio Crossenny. He had some snares set on his grounds, but when he went to examine them they were missing. The snares produced he identified as his property, and were valued at 4d. each.—Chas. Maddocks, a neighbouring farmer, stated that he saw de- fendant picking up the rabbit snares on Mr. Cross's land. Witness waited for him to come out on the road. He asked Werrett what he in- tended doing with the wires, to which he replied I am going to give them away."—Defendant, who admitted the offence, was lined /2. SHOP LIFTING.—Wilfred Henry Price Prosser and Hva Irene Jane Prosser, juveniles, Cross Ash, were charged with stealing six small fancy handkerchiefs, four Christmas stockings, and a quantity of sweets, value jis., the property of Benjamin John Williams, at Cross Ash, Skenfrith, on December lyth. The father, who pleaded guilty to the charge, stated that he had a family of nine children dependent upon him. He promised to chastise the children for what had taken place.—The Bench dismissed the case with a caution and remitted the costs. ———— ?————
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